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The Cradle of Humankind & Rhino / Lion Park

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The Cradle of Humankind & Rhino / Lion Park

6 hrs

The universe was formed about 14-billion years ago. The Earth is about 4.6-billion years old.

Life first emerged about 3.8-billion years ago. Our journey begins in South Africa, where fossils of some of the earliest known life forms on Earth have been found.

South Africa has yielded fossils of some of the earliest known dinosaurs, at least 200-million years old.

Fossils of our distant mammal-like ancestors, which lived more than 200-million years ago, have been found in South Africa.

Africa is the birthplace of humankind. This is where our collective umbilical cord lies buried.

Hominids – the ancestors of modern humans – first emerged about 7-million years ago, in Africa.

Many significant fossil finds have been made in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, including the famous fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”.

The first stone tools were made and used in Africa, at least 2.6-million years ago.

Our ancestors were able to use and control fire at least 1-million years ago in the Cradle of Humankind.

Homo sapiens, the species to which we all belong, evolved in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago.

SterkfonteinCaves

The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves  start above the ground and then take visitors deep into down into the “homes” (caves).

 

Rhino  / Lion Park

5 hrs

An ideal opportunity for the businessman or tourist who has limited time to see some big game in a natural
highveld grassland reserve.

Activities:

Cheetah Run
Snake displays
Lion, Cheetah & Wild dog feed Reptile Park
Lion, Cheetah & Tiger Cub Display

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Larger than black rhino with males weighing up to 2300 kg. They have 2 horns on the face with the front horn being longer. The gestation (pregnancy) period is 16 months after which a single calf weighing about 40 kg is born. Height: 1.8m

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Lappetfaced Vulture

Wingspan ~ 3 m. The nest is in trees and measures about 6 ft across. A single, white egg marked with reddish brown is laid. The nestling remains in the nest for about 120 days.

Height: ~1 m

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Cheetah

Endangered species weighing between 55 and 59kg. A litter of 2 to 4 cubs follows a gestation period of 90 to 95 days.

Height: 0.75m

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Wilddog

Endangered species.

Weight 24-30kg. Their gestation period is about 60 days

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Tis white lion cub is one of only about 40 white lions known to exist. The cub had been abandoned. She’ll never be able to hunt properly because she doesn’t have the camouflage.

“She’s not an albino. Her eyes are blue. Her colouring is the result of a recessive gene.”

White lions were first spotted in South Africa in 1928, proof of their existence was obtained 1975,.

Weight: approximately 70 kg out of an essential 170 kg.

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